This Week in Washington…

Posted on August 21, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |







  • Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer is in an unfamiliar spot: at odds with many environmentalists on a global-warming policy over NextGen Climate’s support for the federal biofuels mandate.
  • If Republicans take back the Senate next session, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising his party will use budget bills to attack President Obama’s policies, and he’s specifically calling out the president’s environmental regulations as a target of attack.
  • After meeting with climate scientists, Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott sidestepped questions from reporters about whether the warnings from the scientists had swayed his stance on global warming.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey released a study indicating that earthquakes caused by human activity, including oil and gas drilling, are not as intense as naturally-occurring tremors.
  • The Environmental Defense Fund’s political arm is going to bat for Rep. Chris Gibson, a two-term Republican representing a stretch of upstate New York as part of a new long-term strategy aimed at winning over conservatives to environmental causes.
  • A federal Appeals Court served up a big win for clean-energy advocates when it upheld an order handed down by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that requires grid planning to take account of clean-energy policy.






  • “ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology. Their ideology is bankrupt.” — President Obama, in a strongly worded speech after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant killed American journalist James Foley (National Journal)
  • “You know what, they tried to, his people tried to kick me out of the parade. You know what, it’s the closest I’ve come to punching someone in this race. I said, I said I ain’t leaving this parade, this is not a Democratic parade, this is a Greek-American parade, and I’m working for every family in this state. You know what, I pushed those guys aside, we went to the front of that parade, high-fives and selfies all up and down.” — Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • “We don’t settle political differences with indictments in this country. It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution. This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power, and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on being indicted on allegations of abuse of power (Texas Tribune)
  • “No, never did that. Nah, you’re wrong about that. Bruce has never asked me to do that. He never has. No, you’re wrong. In fact, I saw Bruce just about a week and a half ago.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, when asked if Bruce Springsteen had asked him to stop playing his music at political events (com)
  • “We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy. That’s something he won’t like, but that will be done. I guarantee it.” — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, on threatening President Obama with a possible government shutdown if Republicans take control of the Senate (Politico)


  • The Tax Foundation charts the purchasing power of $100 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek maps the racial breakdown of the St. Louis County population.
  • The New York Times maps the ongoing conflict between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants.
  • Al Jazeera America tracks the amount of food wasted by a family over the course of a year.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer maps the prevalence of food-borne bacteria in impoverished neighborhoods.
  • The New York Times maps the proliferation of military-style weapons among civilian law-enforcement agencies.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek charts the global progression of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Future events

  • Wednesday, Aug. 27 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host a press briefing, “The NATO Summit & President Obama’s Estonia Visit,” at 8:30 a.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27 – The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Health Subcommittee will hold a field hearing, “An Examination of Rural and Native American Veteran Access to Care,” at 10 a.m. at 3400 Veterans Drive in Traverse City, Mich.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27 – The National Press Club will host a Newsmakers press conference, featuring federal immigration judges Dana Leigh Marks and Denise Noonan Slavin, on the challenges facing the nation’s immigration courts, at 10 a.m. at 529 14th St. NW.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26 – The Cato Institute will hold a discussion, “Corporate Inversions, American Jobs, and National Competitiveness,” at noon in B-354 Rayburn.
  • Friday, Aug. 22 – Energy Central and ScottMadden Inc. will hold a webinar, “State of the Energy Industry: A Mid-Year Review,” beginning at 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 25 – The Atlantic Council will hold a conference call, “Mexico’s Energy Reform: Ready to Launch,” beginning at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21 to Friday, Aug. 22 — The American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section holds its ninth-annual Homeland Security Law Institute Conference at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26 – The Hudson Institute will hold a discussion, “What About Jordan: Does Regional Crisis Threaten the Security of a Longstanding American Ally?” at noon at 1015 15th St. NW.
  • Friday, Aug. 22 – The Center for American Progress and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will hold a webinar, “Bundled Payments for Oncology: Creating Value-Based Episodes of Care,” beginning at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21 – The R Street Institute will host a forum, “Don’t Strangle Innovation! A Discussion of Startups, Regulation, and Public Policy,” at 6:30 p.m. at 600 F St. NW.
  • Monday, Aug. 25 to Wednesday, Aug. 27 – The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement will hold a conference, “IT Legacy Modernization for Government,” at 300 Army Navy Drive in Arlington.



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